Herman Cain suspends presidential campaign

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  • The day started off glorious for Herman Cain but ended on a sad bitter note.
  • Herman Cain announces that he is suspending his campaign as a Republican presidential candidate during the scheduled opening of a local campaign headquarters on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Cain had taken time to reassess the condition of his campaign 'because of all this media firestorm stuff,' adding, 'my wife and family comes first.' (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
  • Herman Cain's Wife reacts to the bad news.
    

 

DORAVILLE, Ga. - Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain announced Saturday that he would suspend his campaign to become the next President of the United States.

"As of today, after a lot of prayer and soul search, I am suspending my Presidential campaign," Cain said.

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During an impassioned speech before hundreds of supporters, on the day his Atlanta campaign headquarters was supposed to open, Cain once again denied accusations and allegations of sexual harassment and an affair, calling them "false and unproven".

Monday, a Dunwoody woman, Ginger White, publicly alleged that she had carried on a 13-year, on and off affair with Cain.

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White said Cain took her on trips to Palm Springs and Washington, D.C. and had provided her with money to pay rent and utility bills.

White's allegations only served to pile on to several allegations of sexual harrassment by Cain in years past.

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Cain said the allegations and the ensuing media coverage had taken a toll on his wife and family. "That spin hurts," he said. "It hurts my wife. It hurts my family. It hurts me and it hurts the American people because you are being denied solutions to our problems."

With his wife of more than 40 years, Gloria, standing behind him, Cain remained defiant until the end. "I am at peace with my God. I am at peace with my wife and she is at peace with me," Cain said.

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During the speech, Cain made reference to his humble upbringing in Atlanta. "When you think of where I came from on Pelham Street and the Fifth Ward in Atlanta, that's why this is a great nation," he said. "I am proof that the common man could lead this nation."

Cain said becoming President was "Plan A". He announced his "Plan B" moments after bowing out of the race for the GOP nomination.

Cain said he would be throwing his efforts behind TheCainSolutions.com.

Now out of the race, Cain pledged to make an endorsement of another candidate "in the near future."

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